Out of the Dark

1995 [CN]

Comedy / Horror

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 2245

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Karen Mok as Kwan
Stephen Chow as Leon
761.64 MB
chi 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 22 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Part comedy horror, part Leon homage, all Stephen Chow

OUT OF THE DARK is a typically slapdash and knockabout comedy from star Stephen Chow, here directed by Jeffrey Lau who also wrote the script. The story is in part a throwback to the 1980s comedy horror genre and sees Chow playing a lunatic who decides to help a disparate bunch of characters in their efforts to exorcise a haunted apartment building.

The whole thing is an excuse for lots of ludicrous and low brow comedy in which all kinds of things kick off. There are references to THE EVIL DEAD throughout and scenes of characters being chased around by chainsaw psychos. Chow's character is inspired by Jean Reno in LEON and he even carries a pot plant around while Karen Mok wears Natalie Portman's outfit from that movie. There are criminals, gangsters, murderers, gore, and severed head spirits, and a super-fast pace that means things never become boring. It's not one of Chow's best movies, but it does the job well enough.

Reviewed by gavin6942 5 / 10

Strange Film

Stephen Chow, Hong Kong's biggest star and international comic genius, leads a great cast of new faces and old favorites to take on ghost busting in a film full of both laughs and thrills.

Hong Kong ghost comedy? Well, that is something different. The humor is a bit odd. It is not bad, but it seems like the timing may be just slightly off, and this probably has something to do with the subtitles... what people say takes a moment longer to register than what we see (unless, of course, we understand Cantonese).

I find the cultural differences (or similarities) interesting. Although there is virtually no overlap between the religions of the West and the East, it seems like we share a very similar view about ghosts. Now, personally, I do not believe in ghosts... but what is presented here for a Chinese audience still makes perfect sense for an American audience. Interesting.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 6 / 10

Out of the Light..

Having fond memories of seeing Stephen Chow in Justice,My Foot for the first time recently,I was thrilled to spot a rare Chow Horror about to go from Netflix UK,which led to me looking into the dark

The plot:

Starting their new job as security guards to a luxury apartment building with a shopping centre on the lower floor,the guards soon begin to fear that it is they who needs security,due to the peculiar inhibitions of the building being joined by headless ghosts out for revenge. Wanting to help rid the building of the ghosts, ghostbuster Leon decides to train the security guides and some residence of the building in the best way to fight out of the darkness.

View on the film:

Flying into the dark on a pillow of warm shot on Video fuzz,writer/director Jeffrey Lau & cinematographer Chi Wai Wong turn the light on to an atmosphere of pure kitsch,which bounces along with playful, rubbery gore being drenched in stylish filters Lau slices into to crack open the absurd state of Leon's ghostbusting. Pitching the Comedy chops broadly,Lau makes the kitsch mood run deep,with gleefully extended comedy sequences exposing Leon's lack of real "skills",and also allowing Leon to push the Horror Comedy into over the top Fantasy.

Drawing the most basic outline for the characters,Lau makes this basic sketch one that is easy to forgive,thanks to Lau never pausing for breath,as the film leaps from hilarious overripe Soap Opera Comedy to kitsch,chainsaw-welding ghosts making sure that for Leon and the guards,bustin makes 'em feel good. Chasing after ghosts with sexy Karen Mok,Stephen Chow gives a fantastic performance as Leon,brimming with an arrogant wit that allows Leon to casually hold dynamite,as the ghosts come out of the dark.

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